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Collecting old things; heirlooms and new to you things! Companion to http://www.inherited-values.com/
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5 Very Strange Collections - Weird Worm

5 Very Strange Collections - Weird Worm | Antiques & Vintage Collectibles | Scoop.it
Some argue that collecting things is a natural human impulse to ward of the inevitable end of our own existence, and while it's true that having several boxes
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Treasure Hunting for Michigan-themed Antiques

Treasure Hunting for Michigan-themed Antiques | Antiques & Vintage Collectibles | Scoop.it

Despite repeated requests from family and friends to join in the adventure, it’s something I (selfishly) prefer to do solo. I like going at my own pace, without worrying about a guest who is bored 10 minutes into the day, and getting lost in the nostalgia of it all.

 

While I rarely have something specific I’m looking for, I always seem to find “just the right thing” to add to my collection. Items featuring Michigan receive top attention of course – especially travel brochures and magazines, food and agriculture focused pieces, unique license plates and slightly-rusted signs. I’m also drawn to cottage- and beach-themed décor, garden art and things that are red (the primary accent color in my home).

 

This past April, a couple treasures found their way into my heart (and ultimately into my bag). A wooden dachshund with “Frankenmuth Beer” in faded paint was a steal at just $5 (even with its chipped tail – which to me, adds to its character). I also scored 5 juice-size glasses adorned with red roosters – perfect for sampling my favorite made-in-Michigan spirits – for $7.

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Luckiest Man Alive Finds $156,000 In Gold Coins On First Time Using Metal Detector

Luckiest Man Alive Finds $156,000 In Gold Coins On First Time Using Metal Detector | Antiques & Vintage Collectibles | Scoop.it
Some people spend a lifetime trying to amass a fortune through hard work and guile. For one British man, it took only 20 minutes in a field with a metal detector -- the first 20 minutes he had ever used such a machine.

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The Best Vinyl Record Display and Storage Options

The Best Vinyl Record Display and Storage Options | Antiques & Vintage Collectibles | Scoop.it
The pictured Ikea Expedit 4 cube is the best vinyl record display and storage option in my opinion, and the one I personally use for my own vinyl record collection. I couldn't be happier with the quality, price, and ease of assembly.
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Boedi Mranata Holding history in his hands | The Jakarta Post

Boedi Mranata Holding history in his hands | The Jakarta Post | Antiques & Vintage Collectibles | Scoop.it

The wide range of Boedi Mranata’s antique collection makes it hard to believe that it is a private collection. Besides Chinese antique ceramics that make up most of his collection, he is also keen on collecting other works of art, such as peranakan furniture and decorations, antique Javanese kris holders, and even genuine pieces of furniture owned by queen Juliana of the Netherlands. Boedi’s passion is driven by the pleasure of owning beautiful artworks and his motivation to preserve history. Profit making is not on his agenda.

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Bill Gates paid $30 million for a Leonardo da Vinci manuscript

Bill Gates paid $30 million for a Leonardo da Vinci manuscript | Antiques & Vintage Collectibles | Scoop.it
Bill Gates paid $30 million for a Leonardo da Vinci manuscript that he considers priceless because the Italian genius inspires him. Watch Charlie Rose's profile of Gates on Sunday, May 12 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
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Synagogue In a Teapot | Inherited Values

Synagogue In a Teapot | Inherited Values | Antiques & Vintage Collectibles | Scoop.it

It may look like a fancy teapot,  but the owner found it had a secret hidden inside:  the teapot disassembled into everything needed to perform various Jewish rites and holidays

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The guy who made this is like the Ron Swanson of metal!
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Growing an Antique Collection in a New York City Apartment

Growing an Antique Collection in a New York City Apartment | Antiques & Vintage Collectibles | Scoop.it
When Steve Davenport bought his 2,500-square-foot loft, he was thrilled with the amount of open space he would have after renovations – then he moved in a 1,000-piece antique collection.
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The Growing Global Appeal of Russian Antiques

The Growing Global Appeal of Russian Antiques | Antiques & Vintage Collectibles | Scoop.it

Faberge expert Geza Von Habsburg predicted that the Russian antique market had reached its summit in 2009. Yet in 2012, more record-breaking sales took place, and a $20.2 million turnover was made during the Russian Art Week in London that year.

 

These spring months promise to be another interesting season for the Russian antique market.

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Jennifer Aniston ‘enjoys antique spree’

Jennifer Aniston ‘enjoys antique spree’ | Antiques & Vintage Collectibles | Scoop.it

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have reportedly been visiting antique emporiums around Los Angeles as they kit out their new mansion with furniture...

 

"One of the most expensive items was an 18th-century mahogany rocking chair, which cost in the region of $1 million," a source told UK magazine Grazia. "It was apparently used by Founding Father Benjamin Franklin."

 

The insider reports that Jennifer fell in love with a $300,000 Georgian bookcase. Her fiancé 41-year-old actor Justin is also said to have grown fond of antiques, with his buys reflecting a more personal meaning.

 

"Justin's favourite piece was a longcase Tompion English clock from the 1660s, which was said to have been used by British royalty. He recalled his grandfather having a similar one and wanted something like it," an insider explained. "They're both extremely happy with all they've purchased, but they haven't finished yet. The house is going to be crammed with history by the time they are done."

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Furniture Detective: Managing organic threats to antique furniture | Antique Trader

Furniture Detective: Managing organic threats to antique furniture | Antique Trader | Antiques & Vintage Collectibles | Scoop.it

Are you properly defending your antique furniture against organic damage? Be it insects, pets or people, all require some safeguarding when it comes to furniture...

 

There are a lot of things in the world that are good for your older and antique furniture: controlled temperature and humidity, regular cleaning, careful use and loving attention. But there are also a lot of things out there that are bad for your furniture: flood water, excess light, inappropriate polishes and fire.

 

But there is yet another classification of harmful elements that you must be aware of: the organic kind. And other than you, there are no organic creatures that are beneficial to antique furniture and some are downright destructive.

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Mikks Slot Car Motor Speedway

A 15 year long project!

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More info here: http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1byf06/my_dad_has_been_working_on_this_slot_car_track/

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Nana's Nuns

My Grandmother passed this year at 92- leaving my family her collection of 1000+ nun figurines. People at the Estate sale were a bit creeped out for some reason...

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Antiques as Souvenirs

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Tourists have collected travel kitsch since the Crusaders plundered their way through the Holy Land.  Postcards, pennants, shot glasses, spoons, as well as,  a plethora of other items have topped the list of must haves from exotic and pastoral locales. These items are readily available at estate sales as they lose their meaning once their purchaser has passed. I have a different take on souvenir purchases; I try to find an antique or vintage piece that I can use and enjoy in my home decor.

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The Ohio Historical Society's Lithic Laboratory – An Experiment in Experimental Archaeology

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In January of 1938, the Lithic Laboratory for the Eastern United States was founded at the Ohio Archaeology and Historical Society, now the Ohio Historical Society. An article in Museum Echoes, the Society's newsletter, of the same month proclaimed its purpose: “to study the lithic materials (stone, flint, etc.) pertinent to the material culture of the American aborigines, and of methods and techniques employed in their utilization.” The article went on to explain that the reason for embarking on this initiative was simply that such a study had  “been sadly neglected” by the field of archaeology prior and that finally undertaking it would help “throw light on the origin, relationships, migrations and trade routes of the ‘first Americans.’” An understanding of these “methods and techniques” and thereby the peoples that employed them was to be achieved by experimentation with flintknapping. While the basics of stone artifact production were known at the time, “the more refined techniques… continue to defy present-day skill.”

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Committee To Consider State “Antiques Trail”

Committee To Consider State “Antiques Trail” | Antiques & Vintage Collectibles | Scoop.it
Lawmakers are considering a bill that would create a Connecticut Antiques Trail, an effort to highlight the state's numerous antique shops.
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The estate of the late Earlene S. Bowen — “the Antiques Lady” — will be sold on-site without reserve

The estate of the late Earlene S. Bowen — “the Antiques Lady” — will be sold on-site without reserve | Antiques & Vintage Collectibles | Scoop.it

In 1957, with $10,000 and a dream to get into the business, Earlean launched Bowen’s Antiques, initially as a home-based venture. Parlaying her love of Empire pieces, old Southern furniture, primitives, Americana, china, crystal and jewelry into a bulging inventory, Ms. Bowen had, by age 85, amassed an inventory worth about $1 million. And she was just hitting her stride.


“At an age when most people are well into retirement and taking life easy, Ms. Bowen was out there, charging around the country, buying new pieces and making new contacts,” Dwight Stevens said. “At age 90 she had a six-man crew and several trucks. She was just this unbelievable powerhouse of energy. People in many states knew her as ‘the Antiques Lady.’”

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Horseshoe Crab Fossil, 300 Million Years Old, Discovered By 10-Year-Old Bruno Debattista

Horseshoe Crab Fossil, 300 Million Years Old, Discovered By 10-Year-Old Bruno Debattista | Antiques & Vintage Collectibles | Scoop.it
Ever brought in something this good for show-and-tell? An unusual rock, which a 10-year-old student presented to his classmates, has turned out to be an incredibly rare, 320 million-year-old fossil of a horseshoe crab's footprints.
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The Ultimate in Historical Naval Figures: A Lock of John Paul Jones' Hair

The Ultimate in Historical Naval Figures: A Lock of John Paul Jones' Hair | Antiques & Vintage Collectibles | Scoop.it

"The future naval officers, who live within these walls, will find in the career of the man whose life we this day celebrate, not merely a subject for admiration and respect, but an object lesson to be taken into their innermost hearts. . . . Every officer . . . should feel in each fiber of his being an eager desire to emulate the energy, the professional capacity, the indomitable determination and dauntless scorn of death which marked John Paul Jones above all his fellows.”

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Flea Market Tips, Just in Time for HGTV's Flea Market Flip Premiere!

Flea Market Tips, Just in Time for HGTV's Flea Market Flip Premiere! | Antiques & Vintage Collectibles | Scoop.it
If you love the thrill of a good flea market hunt, chances are you're also a fan of HGTV's Flea Market Flip (season two premieres tonight at 9pm/8c!).
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Bookmarking a Book Burning

Bookmarking a Book Burning | Antiques & Vintage Collectibles | Scoop.it
They were mouldy, unread and long out of date. So why did I feel bad about burning my Britannicas?

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A thoughtful piece on the need for an important cultural artifact to evolve -- not just in its codex form but in its very essence -- the Encyclopedia.

Barbara Ford's comment, March 9, 2013 8:11 AM
I watched this video and realized just how sad it will be when and if all publishers cease print and all physical books become artifacts (a la Star Trek). Which is worse? Burning books because they are now available in an electronic format? Or not having any physical books to burn, unless you steal them from a museum or collector?
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From the 'Journal of the History of Collections' March 2013

From the 'Journal of the History of Collections' March 2013 | Antiques & Vintage Collectibles | Scoop.it

Linda Bauer and Nello Barbieri, “Forming a Collection of Paintings in Late Baroque Siena,” Journal of the History of Collections 25 (2013): 45-57

 

...The documents include the names of artists – many well known – with prices or values for some works, and by reference to the largely unpublished inventory of his estate, give some indication of which works in the documents Biringucci acquired and how his taste conformed to the prevailing trends of the period.

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Old does not equal valuable

Old does not equal valuable | Antiques & Vintage Collectibles | Scoop.it

Worth is a worthless term. “I’m forever hearing this is worth such and such,” said Sullivan. “I wish I could strike the word ‘worth’ from our vocabulary.” The value the person states is always far greater than what the item would ever sell for. That’s especially true of collectables, he said. “In a collectors’ catalog, an item will be listed for one value, but if you want to sell it, you won’t get anywhere near that.”

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No room for archaeology archive in 27% of museums

No room for archaeology archive in 27% of museums | Antiques & Vintage Collectibles | Scoop.it

A survey by the Society of Museum Archaeologists (SMA) has exposed a lack of storage space and curatorial expertise in English museums dealing with archaeological archives.

The survey of 134 museums found that 36 could not accept archaeological archives because of lack of space.

It also revealed that museums in 47 local authorities were no longer collecting, while 70% of museums had no specialist archaeology curator.

SMA chairwoman Gail Boyle said: “Many of the museums that responded are local authority museums that have no statutory funding, so they are often targeted [for cuts]. It has become prevalent over time and is getting worse.

“Archaeological field units are having to store their work, as there is nowhere for them to deposit it.


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Laura Brown's comment, March 2, 2013 5:26 PM
Sad, but not a surprise. I've watched 'Museum Secrets' and see them pull stuff out of storage bins and talk about things found, again.
diana buja's curator insight, March 3, 2013 3:32 AM

Without the archives, what value are the 'finds' to which they are linked?  Very sad.

Ancient World Apps's curator insight, March 5, 2013 11:33 AM

More depressing news :(

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